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Levy lawsuit against Spokane schools pushed until April

A lawsuit filed against Spokane Public Schools by the


Dorn’s real target is the Legislature

Dorn’s lawsuit helps illuminate how some districts have gotten by even as state lawmakers shirked their duty. It also shows how the inequity in funding continued to grow.


Washington schools’ chief Randy Dorn sues Spokane district, six others over funding

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is suing seven of Washington’s largest school districts, saying they are illegally using local property tax levies to supplement employee salaries that should …


Dorn preparing legal action against school districts

EVERETT – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said he plans to sue a few school districts that use local levies to pay teachers because they don’t get enough …


State schools chief Dorn criticized for asking student about immigration status

Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is under fire for asking a student about his immigration status.


Spin Control: Fight over public school funding isn’t taking summer off

School’s almost out but the argument over proper funding for public education is unlikely to take a vacation based on recent court filings.


Crowded field for Washington schools chief race

There’s a crowded field of candidates vying to be Washington’s next superintendent of public instruction, but the three top candidates all bring something new to the contest.


Editorial: Patience needed on school funding

It’s clear that the Legislature has moved too slowly, but it’s not accurate to claim that it hasn’t moved at all. Don’t disrupt this delicate process.


State superintendent: May be time to close schools

Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction says it may be time to consider shutting down the state’s K-12 public schools until the Legislature makes progress toward fully paying for education.


State schools superintendent Randy Dorn won’t run for governor

Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said Thursday he will not run for governor.


Lead testing at Washington schools inconsistent

For about $5 per student in Washington’s public schools, every parent could know if the drinking water in their child’s school was free of lead.


Legislature must act to preserve charter schools

Schools will lose state funding next week unless stopgap arrangement with Springdale school district carries they into next year.


Washington education chief wants special session on charter schools

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature should hold a special session to help charter school students “caught in the middle” of a recent Supreme Court decision that their schools are unconstitutional, …


Charter schools Q&A: Impact of ruling will take time to sort out

After a divided state Supreme Court ruled Friday that charter schools are unconstitutional, there were many questions about the future of those schools and their students. Not all those questions …


Washington releases student scores from new Smarter Balanced tests

OLYMPIA – The raw numbers may look worse, but state school officials said the results should be seen as better from standardized tests that students in many grades of Washington …


End-of-year tests add hurdles to education system

Tomie Tsosie Leeds made the honor roll again with a 3.5 grade-point average. Now if he can only graduate.


Charter schools groups say rule changes unexpected

As Travis Franklin prepares to open a new charter school in Northeast Spokane, he worries the state is changing the ground rules by rushing through new regulations on staffing and …


Washington lawmaker takes aim at summer learning gap

Swimming, riding bikes or playing video games all summer might sound like fun for a kid, but the consequences of setting aside learning for 11 or 12 weeks are profound. …


ESDs prove invaluable to small school districts

At a time when money for education remains tight, taxpayers are spending about a quarter-billion dollars each year on a little-known bureaucracy that operates between local schools and Olympia. Dozens …


Higher learning requirements coming for K-12 classrooms

Unless you’re an educator, state lawmaker or K-12 policy wonk, you might not have heard about the Common Core. If you have children in school, however, you soon will.


SVHS’s Mary Collins named state’s classified employee of year

When Mary Collins, 64, decided to return to work when her son was back in school, she found a job working at what was then Spokane Valley Alternative High School …


Test scores show progress

Washington students improved in all four areas measured on standardized tests compared with last year, results released Tuesday by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction show. This …


Spin Control: Gregoire, Dorn vie for education responsibility

Whom do you hold responsible for the problems Washington schools have graduating kids who can read, write, calculate and be intellectually flexible enough to have a dozen careers before they …


Gregoire seeks to eliminate public instruction superintendent

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire made the pitch to unify Washington’s school systems from preschool to graduate degrees under her office, even if it means getting rid of the state’s …


Gregoire v. Dorn on eliminating SPI

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she should be held responsible for fixing education while Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says the system isn’t broke.


Gregoire proposes new schools office

OLYMPIA – All of Washington’s education systems and programs, from preschool through graduate degrees at universities, should be working together and overseen by a single office, Gov. Chris Gregoire said …


At 82 students, school district credits size for academic success

BICKLETON, Wash. – A recent report calls rural education “what works in Washington.” That’s certainly true in south-central Washington’s Bickleton School District, which has academic and financial strengths that could …


Odessa science teacher named East Side’s best

Odessa’s Jeffery Wehr, who was featured in a 2008 Spokesman-Review story about the challenges of teaching math and science, has been named 2011 Teacher of the Year for Eastern Washington. …


State suspends license of convicted teacher

SEATTLE – Washington state’s schools chief on Wednesday suspended the teaching certificate of a teacher convicted of inappropriately touching girls and then brought back into the classroom after a short …


Student data mixed on new state assessments

More than 60 percent of sophomores in Spokane Public Schools last year failed Washington’s math assessment test, while students in neighboring districts performed only slightly better, according to results released …